Very early look ahead to ACC basketball in the 2007-08 season.

April 5, 2007
By genefoto

David Glenn takes a very early look ahead to ACC basketball in the 2007-08 season on his WRAL Blog.

Here’s his projected rankings -

1. North Carolina
If Wright is the only underclassman who leaves this summer, the Tar Heels will be the ACC favorite and a preseason top-five pick nationally in 2007-08.

2. Georgia Tech

The Yellow Jackets’ biggest challenge is to get tougher, mentally and physically, and to become a better defensive team.

3. Duke

It may be an unconventional lineup in 2007-08, with lots of productive perimeter players but very little presence in the post, but the Devils’ overall talent level clearly remains among the best in the conference.

4. NC State

Considering the talent — and, for a change, some quality depth — available at other positions, State will compete for the ACC title.

5. Virginia

The good news for the Cavaliers is that they continue to develop a strong defense/rebounding mentality that hasn’t been seen in Charlottesville for many years.

6. Maryland

Hayes and Vasquez gained valuable experience as rookies, Gist will be one of the top returning post players in the conference, Osby is a nice complementary/effort guy around the basket, and several newcomers should be able to help in support roles.

7. Clemson

If several others — from among the returnees and/or the incoming class — can make significant improvements in their games over the summer, this team will be difficult to beat.

8. Florida State

Will the pieces of the puzzle fit together? That seems to be a question in Tallahassee every year.

9. Wake Forest

Lingering concerns include turnovers, defense and rebounding.

10. Boston College

The Eagles’ projected starting lineup next year actually has some potential, and Rice is a proven star, but several freshmen must be ready to help right away.

11. Virginia Tech

One of the best recruiting classes in school history — that’s relatively speaking, remember, not by Duke or UNC standards — should help a lot, but literally every man on the roster will be adjusting to a new role.

12. Miami

The Hurricanes likely will be better in 2007-08, but they live in a very tough (ACC) neighborhood.

Read Dave’s entire early pre-season analysis here, here, and here.

One Response to Very early look ahead to ACC basketball in the 2007-08 season.

  1. University Update on April 5, 2007 at 6:04 am

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